Seven players of Nigerian descent made Arsenal XI’s matchday squad for the friendly against Southern League Premier Division outfit Hitchin Town at Top Field on Wednesday night.
They include Tolaji Bola, Joseph Olowu, Folarin Balogun, Aaron Eyoma, Tobi Omole, Xavier Amaechi and James Olayinka.
Ahead of Thursday’s friendly against Boreham Wood in which the Gunners are expected to field a stronger side, several talented youngsters were given a run out against the Canaries.
On the half-hour mark, Liam Brooks opened the scoring for the home team when he beat the offside trap before slotting past goalkeeper Keto.
From a tight angle, Osei-Tutu equalized three minutes before the break, only for Dan Webb to head in a corner kick to make it 2-1 right on half time.
Arsenal started the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation, Olowu was one of the central defenders, Bola left back, Eyoma left side attacking midfielder and the promising striker Folarin Balogun led the frontline.
Defender Tobi Omole came off the bench in the second half.